Police investigating tweets as potential threat against Jim Harbaugh

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

A Twitter account apparently belonging to former Michigan linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse is being investigated by the University of Michigan Police Department after a series of menacing tweets that mentioned guns and violent behavior and a potential threat against Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Melissa Overton, UM Deputy Police Chief, confirmed to The Detroit News on Tuesday that the department is looking into the threats posed by the Twitter account.

Jim Harbaugh

“We are aware of the tweets and that it is under investigation,” Overton said.

Overton would not identify the Twitter user because that has not yet been independently verified.

Michigan officials have a heightened awareness of the threats on Mbem-Bosse’s Twitter feed and are working with the UM Police Department. The university and athletic department do provide medical, academic and counseling support to all student-athletes.

A statement from Michigan late Tuesday confirmed Mbem-Bosse is no longer on the team.

“Elysee (Mbem-Bosse) left the football program in mid-November and is no longer with the team,” it reads.

Concern was raised as early as last Saturday when Mbem-Bosse’s Twitter feed was flooded with unsettling, disjointed commentary that took a more threatening tone by Monday night. The tweets continued Sunday, and Monday evening when the tweets were directed at reporters who were at Schembechler Hall interviewing two assistant coaches.

The tweets expressed outrage toward Harbaugh, saying he was having a family crisis and “was suspended for going to take care of my family.” One of the tweets linked to Harbaugh’s twitter, @CoachJim4UM.

Elysee Mbem-Bosse

Among the tweets were these:

“Michigan is open carry. Let’s not forget.”

“Let’s not have a murder case on your hands.”

“It’s time to say sorry, don’t you think.”

“If anybody wants to make an arrest on me. No need to pull up I’ll come to you in cuffs myself. I wish somebody would put me in front of a judge.”

“Within hours of my family crisis. (Expletive) GN. It’s on tomorrow.”

It is unclear when or if Mbem-Bosse was suspended from the team, but he has not been part of the team since late November.

Tweets from Mbem-Bosse's account were sent to a Detroit News reporter Monday night after the reporter posted comments from defensive coach Al Washington. The tweets asked several times, “What he say about me” and suggested the coach “stop lying.”

The News sent screenshots of several tweets to the Ann Arbor Police Department Monday night.

The Twitter account @ElyseeBoss was locked later Monday night. The tweets are protected and only confirmed users have access to his tweets and compete profile.